6 miles with a sinus infection did not go well but got it done. I missed multiple workouts since last Thursday including my last long run. Meh, but what can ya do. Being sick sucks, thank god for Z-packs. Hopefully it won’t affect my race too much. #sicky
Wearing my marathon hat today. The one I wore for my postpartum marathon. I started training for it when I was 9 months postpartum with Lucas and in Southern Cali in May, it poured for the first 9 miles. I mean poured, hailed, and I could not feel my hands until the half way point. I almost called my husband a few times. And then the sun came out and it was glorious for the second half of the marathon. I am not training for a marathon until Andrew is a year postpartum. A handful of half marathon races until then. But the hat reminds me of how much variety is involved in the journey. One minute it is pouring, the next it is sunny and in between, there is a soooooo much opportunity to choose our perspective. Finished Deena Kastor's book. The last chapter is when she finds out she is pregnant. I will admit my passion for both yoga and running grew deeper when I became pregnant. Possibly the hormones, possibly the fact that it is scary as hell housing a human being for 9 months and that fear propels courage, trust and purpose. Be OK with the journey....it screams with passion. #truth#motherhood#runwithintention#runningcommunity#halfmarathoner#marathoner#womensrunning#motherrunner#deenakastor#fuelyourpassion#practiceyourpassion#postpartumhealth#postpartumfitness#4monthspostpartum#southerncali#postpartummarathon
1 102 hours ago
There. I taper trained 😂 Winter Trail Frosty half tomorrow but they should probably rebrand it “mud run in the pouring rain” Looks like an adventure to me 🏃♀️ #runstreak#halfmarathoner#motherrunner
0 122 hours ago
➡️When did you first start calling yourself a runner?
I thought about this the other day after reading @jenna.runs post about what running has meant to her throughout her life and when her coach told her she looked like a "real runner." She now has realized she had ALWAYS been a "real runner" and it got me thinking!
When I first moved to the Asheville area 3.5 years ago, I had done two half marathons and a bunch of 5ks, 10ks, and random 4 and 5 milers in the Boston area back home. I had loved every moment of my running journey so far, but I don't think I had ever once called myself "a runner." Looking back, I think I sort of felt undeserving of that title. I didn't run in high school or college, had never received any coaching, wasn't on a team, and had never won anything or placed in a race. So I guess I didn't feel like I could call myself a runner.
On my first day of work at my new job in Asheville, I introduced myself to a new coworker. We got to talking, and at some point he told me he was a runner. I responded that I was a runner too - it just kind of fell out of my mouth. He went on to tell me about the routes he likes in our areas and some of the great local races.
The crazy thing? The year that followed was the greatest running year of my life (so far). I did so many races, and started to even place and win AG awards (photo above from a 10k in June 2016 where I finished with a 7:47 average pace and won my AG and this sweet pint glass!) Granted, many of these were small races, but what a boost to the confidence of someone who didn't feel right calling herself a runner for years!
I really think that when I started calling myself a runner, and BELIEVING that I was deserving of being called a "runner," I took my running more seriously and got better and faster. Now, there's no question. I may not have a coach, sponsorships, tons of awards, or a shiny BQ (yet 😜), but I run, so I'm a runner.
If YOU run, you're a runner. Period.
When did you first start calling yourself a runner?
🤗It's almost that time again... Time for what, you ask?
Another 1st Friday Fitness Class!
This is a series of LIVE online group fitness classes I've started to help you experience the awesomeness of enjoying fitness at your own place and pace, what we specialize in here at Fit Armadillo.
If you want to take the guesswork out of your workouts (i.e. 🛑 stop wasting hours on YouTube and Pinterest looking up what to do to be more efficient and effective) and enjoy the accountability of an in person workout without having to leave your house, you'll love these classes (and/or private sessions with our talented trainers book those: FitArmadillo.com/Book). Here are the deets (cool 💁♀️people talk for details) on 1st Friday Classes:
1️⃣Class happen the 1st Friday of each month (surprise, surprise)
2️⃣Join us from where ever 📍you are in the 🌎world 🌍as long as you have a good WiFi connection - classes are provided over live video chat
3️⃣= 🆓for 1st timers (use code 1STFRI when registering)
4️⃣Reduced rate for the 1st 5 oldies but goodies🆒 who sign up
5️⃣Limited to 10 participants
6️⃣Register: 📲FitArmadillo.com/Classes where you can find the time in your timezone
I'm teaching next month (I'm Catherine, the founder of Fit Armadillo and have been an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer for over a decade) which is now only 1 week away!!! Briana is teaching in April and you can already register for her class so sign up ASAP if you want in 😉
Next week's class will help you wake up your glutes aka butt muscles.
You (or a friend - be sure to share!) will love & benefit from this class if you... 👩💻Sit a lot
Your glutes (butt muscles) likely aren't activating properly and this workout can help wake them up 😃 🏃♀️Run a lot
This is also for you - you'll wake up those smaller muscle groups that when neglected can cause injuries😭 (hello, IT band! but not in a good way...) 🤰Are expecting OR recently welcomed a new baby 🤱(congrats , by the way 🎉😉)
This workout can help undo some of the postural changes from pregnancy.
I hope to see you in class!
If you ran one of the @5pointsoflife races this year, what did I you think of the course?
I ran the 5K last year on the previous course and it is so far the most painful race finish I’ve ever ran. What’s interesting is the first mile was a gradual decline and I ran my fastest mile split so far in a 5K race. Then, I killed my legs trying to maintain that pace going up the hill on Museum road before turning on Gale Lemerand about half way though the race. The last mile was mostly flat and downhill, but my legs had been wiped out on the hill, yet I finished with a PR at the time.
I was interested in run the half marathon on the old course, because it’s cool that it toured through Gainesville. I also now run through Haile and on Archer nearly every morning so it may not be as exciting for me. I understand though that it’s the Five Points marathon and not the Gainesville marathon so they really are welcome to locate the race where they want. Though out-of-towners interested in a big city race may not be as thrilled to travel for it, I can see the races becoming similar to others that don’t go through prime locations, yet still are a favorite among many (like Gasparilla) if they continue on this new course.
1 243 hours ago
😃 You are all seriously amazing! 😃
At the beginning of the year, we asked clients to fill out these notecards answering a simple question, what they believe in for themselves for 2019.
Whenever I need a moment of inspiration, I just look at this wall and see all the amazing things everyone is going to accomplish this year.
3 273 hours ago
I have “favorites” when I run. Do you guys?
I have a favorite sound when I run, birds chirping. Like end of Winter, beginning of Spring chirp. I have a favorite smell, I love when I can smell fresh laundry coming from houses (strange I know). Oh and there’s that coffee shop downtown, mmm that always smells so good. I have a favorite tree, you’re looking at it. There’s just something mystical and spooky about it...I love to think about everything the tree has seen over the years. I have a favorite trail, of course. Also, pictured here. This one runs about 9 miles in length, I’ve ran hundreds of miles overall on this bad boy. I especially love runs like today, where I can fill my mind with my favorite things ♥️, while doing my favorite thing.
6 miles for RUNch. Happy fri-YAY!
make this moment count
do you ever wonder why I became a coach?
what moves me when I become unmotivated?
why I workout at home instead of in a gym?
I’m sharing my story this Tuesday in my “coaching happy hour”
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"Dont think about your errors or failures; otherwise, you'll never do a thing." - Bill Murray
It can be so easy to focus on the negative and allow it to paralyze you from getting things done. Silence those thoughts, FOCUS on your GOALS and get into ACTION!
3 425 hours ago
While the thigh gap has its benefits cuz chaffing is a BITCH, it’s not my style. If you dig it, cool. 👍🏻 But I’ve always wanted thicker thighs cuz they make me feel more confident in my clothing choices.
My legs & butt are some of the biggest transformations I’ve had since I started working with some of the best trainers...at home. While I currently have access to gyms all over San Diego as a benefit to being a fitness instructor, I STILL choose to workout at home because I’m getting my best results right here. 🏠 I’ve built trust with these trainers & programs and I know they are going to give me the best plans.
Need some guidance towards your next goal? Lemme help you pick one that’s going to work for you this March. 🖐🏻 5 spots open! Don’t guess by trying a bunch of random shit hoping for the best. 🙏🏻 Expect the best.
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wake. shake. sweat. inspire.
nobody tells you how to run your day, no one tells you that today you’ll be happy, or today you’ll be productive
you wake up every day with an empty slate and unlimited opportunities to make each day the best day of your entire life
so why start negative, why nit pick on the things that will happen that you CANT change? focus on the opportunities ahead, the things that you CAN do and that you SHOULD do to make the day amazing
life’s short, make each day count.
1 177 hours ago
Day 5 of #yoga. Speak your truth even if your voice shakes. #Friday
3 177 hours ago
Almost magical..... —3 super slow easy miles just to shake out the legs and wake up to this beautiful sunrise. Happy Friday! Oh and swipe ➡️to see our unique all white squirrel that says hi every once in a while!
NOT ON THE PLAN (not that I have a plan!)
3 x 5km/3.1miles @ 3:48/6:06 pace
21km/13miles total mileage
What can I say, the weather made me do it?!
I was NOT, planning on another 13 miler. I was NOT, planning on a hard workout. I was NOT, planning on a coastal run in the heat of the day.
It just all spontaneously happened and I didn't fight it.
If you know me, you know I am easily influenced and one of the biggest triggers is good weather or beautiful scenery. Well, I had both today so I ran with it.
Did my warm up, then just got stuck into a 5k harder effort, slowed right down for a couple of kms to catch my breath, rinse and repeat. Splits as follows. (18:42 @ 3:44/6:00, 19:06 @ 3:49/6:08, 19:13 @ 3:50/6:10).
I got progressively slower on each rep but it was warm and I was tiring. NFG though as just a glorious day to be running outside!